Published for all those interested in psychotherapeutic ideas, Confer Books are designed to deepen our understanding of psychological, relational and emotional processes – to explore concepts that engage with the complexities of being human in an extraordinary era.

These words, written in the weeks before the global effects of a viral pandemic, resonate more than ever as we find ourselves in a range of situations where self-reliance and social distancing have become the norm.

In a world where we are perhaps more at leisure to engage with our own thoughts and have more time to explore new ideas and approaches, I am delighted to announce the publication of our first six titles. They range from an exploration of the practice of ecopsychotherapy, through an investigation of the new, techno-logically enhanced sexual landscape of the 21st century, to an exposition of the history and development of forensic psychotherapy. Whether your interest is in narcissistic and borderline states, body psychotherapy, or in understanding the cutting edge of modern neuroscience, I hope you’ll find something to enhance your knowledge in our initial selection of Confer Books.

Happy reading!

Christina Wipf Perry
Publishing Director
Confer Books

Confer Books


Dr Stephen Setterberg (Publisher), Jane Ryan (Creative Director), Dr Kathy Rooney (Consultant Executive Director), Christina Wipf Perry (Director of Publishing), Professor Brett Kahr (Editor-in-Chief), Liz Wilson (Publishing Manager), Helen Whitehorn (Production Manager), Suzy Lucas (Publishing Consultant).


We are able to offer e-book versions during the pandemic, with paper copies becoming available as soon as distribution resumes.

Professor Brett Kahr    

Dangerous Lunatics: Trauma, Criminality, and Forensic Psychotherapy

Professor Brett Kahr

In the pre-modern era, those who committed serious crimes would invariably be treated with extreme cruelty – often punished, tortured, eviscerated, and executed in the most grisly, sadistic fashion. Over time, the treatment of offenders has become more enlightened and more benign. But have we really progressed sufficiently in our approach to the rehabilitation and cure of vicious perpetrators of savage acts? Dangerous Lunatics: Trauma, Criminality, and Forensic Psychotherapy, written by leading psychotherapist Professor Brett Kahr, will consider the intersection between madness and violence across the ages, and will investigate how Sigmund Freud and the early generation of psychoanalysts and psychotherapists challenged the more primitive, punitive models. Professor Kahr also discusses some landmark projects which help to humanise serious criminal offenders and further our understanding of the ways in which severe early childhood trauma plays a hugely important role in the genesis of extreme criminality.

“Only Brett Kahr could produce such a masterpiece as Dangerous Lunatics. Written in a stunning literary style, Kahr’s book combines his unique expertise as a clinician and as an historian to tell this vital tale about how we have treated criminals throughout the ages and how we might do much, much better in the future!” – Professor Estela V. Welldon, Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Portman Clinic, London, and Honorary President for Life of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.

“What a magnificent book! A carefully researched ‘tour de force’, encompassing a history of criminality and madness through exquisitely described stories. It offers hope that one day we might actually rehumanise the dehumanised, making the world a safer place for all.” Dr Carine Minne, Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy, Portman Clinic and Broadmoor Hospital

ISBN 978-1-913494-07-0 (e-book)

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Professor Jeremy Holmes    

The Brain has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology, and the New Science of Psychotherapy

Professor Jeremy Holmes

Psychotherapy is a practice in search of a theory. Recent advances in relational neuroscience and attachment research now offer convincing avenues for understanding how the “talking cure” helps clients recover.  Drawing on Karl Friston’s Free Energy Principle and contemporary attachment theory The Brain has a Mind of its Own shows how psychotherapy works. This pioneering text provides a deep theoretical explanation for how psychotherapy helps sufferers overcome trauma, redress relationship difficulties and ameliorate depression. Neuroscience validates the psychoanalytic principles of establishing a trusting therapeutic secure base; using ambiguity to bring pre-formed assumptions into view for revision; dream analysis, free association and playfulness in extending clients’ repertoire of narratives for meeting life’s vicissitudes; and re-starting the capacity to learn from experience. In this readable volume, Holmes demonstrates how psychotherapy works at a neuroscientific level, making complex ideas vivid and comprehensible for a wide readership.

“This book is a visionary tour de force.  It will serve as a guide to every clinician’s thinking.  It takes a significant step towards realizing Freud’s ambition of establishing a viable neuroscientific model for psychotherapy. It is one of the most valuable contributions to the field this Century.” Professor Peter Fonagy OBE, Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science, UCL.

“If Sigmund Freud were working now, he would be advising us to read this rich and thought-provoking new book. The examples are profound and beautiful; and Jeremy’s work is a reminder that psychotherapy will always be both an art and a science.” Dr Gwen Adshead, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist.

“The Free Energy Principle is the cutting edge of modern neuroscience. It is also notoriously difficult to grasp. Here, Jeremy Holmes explains it in terms that psychotherapists can understand so easily that it feels as if we always understood it.” Professor Mark Solms, University of Cape Town.

“As one of the architects of the free energy principle, it was a true joy – and something of an eye opener – to see how mathematical intuitions can be artfully unpacked to explain our transactions with others. This book renders problems such as these in a new, grounded and revealing light.” Professor Karl J. Friston, Scientific Director, Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, Institute of Neurology, UCL

ISBN 978-1-913494-03-2 (e-book)

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Mary-Jayne Rust    

Towards an Ecopsychotherapy

Mary-Jayne Rust

Towards an Ecopsychotherapy offers diverse stories, from the therapy room to therapy in the forest, about the healing process of reconnection with the more-than-human world as well as with our wild animal selves. It provides an insight into ecopsychotherapy in practice by outlining its history, key themes, ideas, and controversies. This book is for anyone in the caring professions who seeks to practice therapy with the earth in mind, and for those struggling with eco-anxiety or eco-grief who wish to deepen their relationship with the Earth and find hope in turbulent times. As climate chaos quickens and increasing numbers of people are waking up to the seriousness of our environmental crisis, we are becoming more aware of our dysfunctional relationship with the earth – the body on whom we depend for everything. Ecopsychotherapy can help to support our reconnection with nature and to discover hope in turbulent times.

“Mary-Jayne Rust provides a succinct, heartfelt overview of ecopsychotherapy. Given the current state of global environmental destruction, the wisdom in this book is needed now more than ever.” Jeffrey T Kiehl, Jungian analyst, climate scientist, author of Facing Climate Change

“In her characteristic style, Mary-Jayne presents ecopsychotherapy in an incisive way, with her richness of experience bringing the subject to life. This thought-provoking book touches on the heart of controversies in this field – our need to grow new terminology – and to actively ensure our spaces are inclusive. This is an invaluable introduction to ecopsychotherapy and is also sure to deepen the work of more seasoned practitioners.” Emma Palmer, Body psychotherapist, BACP-accredited counsellor, ecopsychologist, supervisor, trainer and author of Other Than Mother.

“If psychotherapy is to remain relevant, it must change and recognize that we exist as part of, not apart from, Nature.  I trust Mary-Jayne Rust more than anyone else to guide us there.”  Jerome Bernstein, Jungian Analyst, author of Living in the Borderland.

“An intelligent and beautifully written contribution to an important new development in psychotherapy, one which will be increasingly important in the future. Mary-Jayne Rust is a recognised pioneer in the field, and we are fortunate to have her share her experience with us.” Nick Totton, Psychotherapist, trainer and author of Wild Therapy

“As humans we are not apart from the ecosystem. Our being-ness is interwoven with earth, sky and all that lies between. In this beautifully written book, Mary-Jayne Rust shares her considerable experience as a psychotherapist working ecopsychotherapeutically within the greater context of our planetary situation and current ecological and climatic crises.” Caroline Brazier, psychotherapist, author of Ecotherapy in Practice – A Buddhist Model

ISBN 978-1-913494-13-1 (e-book)

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Nick Totton    

Body Psychotherapy for the 21st Century

Nick Totton

Body psychotherapy currently attracts more interest than ever and is taking up an important role in the wider psychotherapy field, bringing awareness of embodiment into what has been a verbally oriented profession. It is now undergoing an internal transformation, engaging with neuroscience, phenomenology and cognitive studies, as well as the relational turn in psychotherapy. Body Psychotherapy for the 21st Century charts the history of this transformation and shows how four distinct versions of embodied practice have interacted to generate the current field. It makes the case for the value of body psychotherapy not only within the therapeutic world, but in the social sphere, where bodily difference – of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality – is one of the major markers of oppression.

“Nick Totton has been a pivotal figure in Body Psychotherapy, both as a historian and as a continual innovator and critic of the whole psychotherapy field. This book has the vitality of genuine re-appraisal and both frankness and rigour in its argument and questions. Definitely a thought-provoking and up to date read.” Roz Carroll, relational body psychotherapist, trainer and author.

“An exquisite introduction to Body Psychotherapy, describing the influences on its development and the models of working so that people new to this approach will be able to get an image of it. It also offers an excellent and clear overview that can be used by professionals in their further development of theory and methods.” Lidy Evertsen, Chair of Think Tank of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy

ISBN 978-1-913494-05-6 (e-book)

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Dr Phil Mollon    

Pathologies of the Self: Exploring Narcissistic and Borderline States of Mind

Dr Phil Mollon

Pathologies of the Self explores both narcissistic disturbance and borderline states. For several decades of clinical practice, Phil Mollon has explored and pondered the nature and structure of identity as a core aspect of what drives human action. We are collectively trapped in images, either of our own choosing, or imposed on us by others.  These illusions of “self shape” how we think, feel, and behave and are seemingly necessary for our functioning in society.

Some of us become invested in grandiose self-images, consistently sacrificing perceptions of truth and reality in the service of maintaining these fictions. In such states, we are blind to both the subjectivity of others and to the deeper and more authentic aspect of self. Narcissism affects all human beings, and its thematic tentacles enter all forms of psychotherapy. In this fascinating text, the author explores narcissistic phenomena both inside and outside the clinic, revealing the range of its impact in all our lives, and the “narcissistic agents” who engage in coercive and controlling modes of relating in order to preserve and protect our fragile selves.

“One of the most original thinkers in the mental health profession, Dr Phil Mollon has written a rich and readable portrait of the complexities of narcissistic and borderline states of mind.  Drawing upon a generous range of psychological theories and clinical data, Mollon has provided us with a veritable master class, illuminating these deeply troubling – indeed malignant – features of the human personality.” Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Fellow, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London, and Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health, Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology, Regent’s University London

ISBN 978-1-913494-01-8 (e-book)

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Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo Bosco    

The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo Bosco

The sexual landscape has changed dramatically in the past few decades, with the meaning of gender and sexuality now being parsed within the realms of gender fluidity, nonheteronormative sexuality, BDSM, and polyamory. The sea change in sexual attitudes has also made room for the mainstreaming of internet pornography and the use of virtual reality for sexual pleasure – and the tech gurus have not even scratched the surface when it comes to mining the possibilities of alternative realities.

The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis surveys modern sex culture and suggests ways psychoanalysis can update its theories and practice to meet the novel needs of today’s generations. This volume pays special attention to technology, which is augmenting and expanding sexual and gender possibilities. In addition, the authors consider the future of sexuality and bonding in this brave new world and how psychoanalysis is best suited to meet our future. The underlying message is that technology extends, radicalizes, and subverts traditional notions of body, self, mind, sexual enjoyment and human love – the time has come for our psychoanalytic healers to meet this postmodern challenge head on.

‘‘This new volume is a truly outstanding contribution to psychoanalytic thinking. It is a wake-up call to all practitioners… We clinicians must adjust to a sea change in how gender and sexuality are evolving and how these transformations are related to our digital era. […] I highly recommend [this book] to anyone who is interested in the future of psychotherapy in an era dominated by technology.’’ Glen O. Gabbard, MD, Clinical Professor Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine.

“This splendid book will deliver new ideas to clinicians and academics and is a gift to all of us who want to think about sexuality more deeply – and less anxiously. It is not only an updated erotic encyclopedia […] but it’s also a tender exploration of the psychic work that sexual play accomplishes. Readers should expect to be shocked, perhaps even thrilled, but also unexpectedly touched and moved.” Virginia Goldner, PhD Founding Editor, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

ISBN 978-1-913494-19-3 (e-book)

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